Best procedure for full backup of live system

Warren Block wblock at
Thu Oct 15 04:03:26 UTC 2009

On Wed, 14 Oct 2009, Nerius Landys wrote:

> My question is, what is the recommended procedure of taking a full
> backup on a live system?  Ideally, if my hard drive were to crash, I
> would like to have such a backup so as to make it possible to copy
> over the entire backup to a new identical harddrive without doing any
> reinstall or configuration.  Should I use tar/gzip?  dump?  What exact
> command should I use?

dump(8) with the -L option will take a snapshot of a live filesystem and 
then back that up.

-Warren Block * Rapid City, South Dakota USA

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